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Streetsblog Pledge Drive Update: Keep Up the Momentum

Hello there Streetsblog readers -- here's my first status report on our year-end pledge drive. We're on our way to our goal of raising $50K by the end of of the year, and we need to keep up the pace.

In the last week, we've raised over $5,000 from about 50 donors. Tremendous gratitude goes out to everyone who's given so far. It is humbling and tremendously gratifying to receive this support from our readers. I know there are more of you out there -- about 3,800 people visited Streetsblog NYC yesterday. All it takes is about 10 percent of our daily readership to chip in, and we'll meet our goal.

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Many of the readers who've been giving have dropped us a line about why they're supporting Streetsblog NYC. This is what they're saying:

    • New York needs outspoken supporters of rights and justice for pedestrians, cyclists and public transit riders.
    • Streetsblog is the only news source focusing on an historically under-scrutinized and taken-for-granted sector of our City. The fact that Streetsblog is professionally reported and edited means that it is read and taken seriously at the highest levels.
    • I've been reading it since it began and have seen the impact it's had in elevating the dialogue in NYC and around the country.
    • Streetsblog is inspiring in its rigorous coverage of some of the most pressing transportation, livability and quality of life issues facing cities.
    • Because you tell the truth!
    • Streetsblog has created a visual narrative that makes abstract concepts like Smart Growth, Transit, and Complete Streets come alive. It is my favorite website! Thanks!
    • This forum is a community, which might not exist otherwise.
    • While I don't bike, your coverage of pedestrian and MTA issues are informative and have helped to change my view.
    • Streetsblog is an indispensable source for news and information on creating a safer, more livable city for everyone. Pedestrians, cyclists, transit riders, and drivers alike benefit from what it does.

Thanks to everyone who's contributing to the future of Streetsblog and giving us a secure financial footing to report on the next transit funding fight, the next bike lane battle, and the next policy change that can make NYC a better city for walking, biking, and transit.

If you haven't given yet, please make a secure donation and join the community of readers who are keeping Streetsblog's coverage of livable streets and sustainable transportation going strong. (I'll keep posting these reminders until you do.)

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Streetsblog is a non-profit news source, and all donations are tax-deductible. If you are interested in making a major gift or matching donation during this pledge drive, please contact Beverly Blake at bblake@openplans.org to learn more.

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